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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Walker; 1st Edition edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406329886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406329889
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.6 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fabulously dark graphic novel Bookseller This flooded London is powerful and poignant, while the sun-scorched desert where the orbital mirrors have failed produces one of the book's most memorable segments, in which our heroes are pursued by a bike gang clad in foil and mirrors. -- James Hoare Book Club There's no disguising it's a book, but once unwrapped he'll find it hard to resist the eye-popping illustrations in the graphic novel Dark Satanic Mills. An apocalyptic page turner set in a futuristic England, it follows a fearless motorcyclist framed for murder. You Magazine Graphic novel enthusiasts will love Dark Satanic Mills...a high octane adventure about a dystopian Britain, and a young man and a glamorous motorcyclist who take on a crazy religious sect. The Times Culture Magazine Two talented writers - who just so happen to be brothers - have joined forces to pen a graphic novel, Dark Satanic Mills. And Bam! It's a cracker! Cambridge News Sensitive about religion, it will cause any teenager to think more deeply about the world. Daily Telegraph This flooded London is powerful and poignant, while the sun-scorched desert where the orbital mirrors have failed produces one of the book's most memorable segments, in which our heroes are pursued by a bike gang clad in foil and mirrors. SciFi Now Very clever ... for all you graphic novel fans, this will definitely appeal to you. Serendipity Reviews grim and dystopian stuff Town & Country As dark and thrilling story beautifully complemented by the illustrations The School Librarian

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A powerful new story and debut comic book from award-winning and multi-selling author Marcus Sedgwick collaborating with brother Julian Sedgwick and internationally renowned comics artist John Higgins.

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I don't read many graphic novels, but the name of Marcus Sedgwick being attached to this one drew me to it - I will read anything he writes, the title promised strong visions inspired by William Blake - and there's a motorbike!

It starts with a motorbike courier trying to deliver a package through an unrecognisable city. London is part-flooded and overgrown. The semi-derelict streets are gang-ridden, and when the rider stops to rescue a man from a gang we start to learn about the new brooms in this nightmare vision of England in the near future. The rescued man, Thomas, happens to be involved with a bunch of atheists who are enemies of the True Church - the de facto fundamentalist rulers of this defunct England. The rider is revealed to be a girl - Christy, and she's sympathetic to Thomas's cause and ends up on the run with Thomas. They head north towards the seat of the anti-True Church movement's home base. A cat and mouse game ensues as they try to evade the Soldiers of Truth who are on their tail...

It's all very grim. The picture spreads are black and white echoing the fanatical beliefs of the True Church, there is no room for grey in their credo. In this semi-drowned world protected by giant mirrors in the sky, it is always twilight, always dark. It's never made clear whether the catastrophe that has beset this England was environmental or, dare I say it an act of God - or man-made for that matter.

The text is full of biblical quotations; in particular from the last supper and Jesus on the cross, alongside the paean to Blake's poem. The story is bookended by words from Francisco Goya too, (as used in my title for this review) - it is crammed full of references, some of which are discussed in the afterword by Marcus and Julian Sedgwick.
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Review by Ben - Year 8

*****POSSIBLE SPOILERS*****

This book is set in the near future, when Britain is ruled by a violent fascist dictatorship which hides behind a veil of religious extremism, the True Church. The heroine and hero go on a literal and metaphorical journey North though the ‘dying world’ of England to find the meaning of the ‘light’, and free the people from mental slavery. Theirs is a dangerous journey, trying to evade the forces of extreme radical politics, in order to expose the lies and rescue mankind from a future lacking in human kindness and empathy.

The main character in the book is Christy. She is a loner who is framed for a murder she did not commit. Having stumbled upon a controversial document which threatens to undermine the stranglehold the True Church has on the population, Christy is forced to go in the run. She is joined by Thomas, a former doctor who shares her scepticism about politics and the True Church. They travel through a landscape of decay, where random acts of violence and murder are commonplace. The whole fabric of society and its infrastructure has broken down. Packs of radicals roam the landscape like feral animals. Against this backdrop the pair head North to find ‘the light’ and deliver the people from ‘darkness’.

My favourite part of the book was the ending because it had an unexpected twist. Blake bravely stands up to the True Church and refuses to be the mouthpiece for their propaganda any more. He exposes the lies, and encourages individuals to think for themselves. The uprising itself is not conclusive, and leaves many unanswered questions….it is not altogether the happy ending I would have envisaged.

My favourite character was Thomas because of his bravery in the face of adversity.
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This is a rather dark tale of a London from the future full of maniacal fascistic church members who take it upon themselves to to beat the crap out of any atheists that cross their path. The church has employed an army of believers,now known as the Soldiers of Truth, determined to convert everyone to their religion when they see the light that shines eternally.

At times the story did lose me a little and I found I had to reread certain parts to get a full picture of what was really going on. This book requires your full attention as the story is based heavily on religion and heavily influenced by William Blake’s poem, Jerusalem, which forms the backbone for the plot.

It is a very clever interpretation and shows an extremely intelligent mind at work. The graphics are extremely dark and depict violent scenes at times. It has all the Gothic

trademarks often associated with the writing of Marcus Sedgwick. The book has been described as a ‘punked up version of The Wizard of Oz’ and on reflection I can see how it earned that title. The characters are on a dangerous journey towards the truth. The ending leaves you questioning the future, and I get the impression there might be a follow on from this book.

For all you graphic novel fans, this will definitely appeal to you, as you take a journey with these brave characters in search of the truth.
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